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the greek debt crisis has come and gone. still no deal. this time, since of progress from both sides of athens and its creditors. we will go live to brussels and we will ask why. if free man. the al jazeera journalist leaves prison here in berlin. german authorities have just gone from bad cop to good cop in
the nick of time? and they are taking photos of a toy queen. it won't be long until the real queen elizabeth arrives here in germany. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> i'm brent goff. good to have you with us. did today's emergency summit on the greek debt crisis make any difference? eurozone leaders are leading in brussels at this hour. there is a sense for the first time in weeks of a sense of optimism. thousands of protesters are rallying in athens to say that they want greece to stay in the eurozone. they will no doubt be encouraged by the news coming out of brussels. ministers say a last-minute
proposal from athens could form the basis of a bailout deal. but they say they need more details from athens and fast. time to agree to an extension of the bailout program, as we know is running out. >> he is a man on a mission. the future of this country. the stakes are high and so are the hopes of the leaders. >> i want all cards on the table. it does not mean i need all the technical details. but to stop to end this political gamble. >> the greek prime minister sent out last-minute proposals.
the main concessions are raising the revenue and increasing the retirement age to 67. negotiations also took place with the european commission ecb, and imf. the result is cautious optimism. i expect we will reach an agreement with greece by the end of this week. we will work hard like we did in the past. the goal is to find a solution by the end of this week. at the same time, leaders are talking down explanation -- expectations for a be ig deal. after the meeting, there is no basis for decision. today can only be for consultation. although no breakthrough is expected from tonight's meeting it will send important signals.
kicking off a decisive week for greece and all of europe. brent: and we want to pick up on those signals coming out of brussels. that is where our correspondent max hoffman is standing by for us right now. max, we are hearing there is reason to talk about progress. what is the reason? max: let me tell you that we had word that the leaders are wrapping it up and we are expecting a press conference by the german chancellor within the hour or so. we don't know if that's a good or bad sign. we know the document the greek government submitted early last night was leaked. it contains some numbers and concessions on the pension system.
brent: was there any concession made on the age which greeks can retire? max: i think what they are trying to have is an overall number. the imf is asking for a certain percentage. and what the greek government has proposed is to increase contributions. that the greek state would have to pay less. that brings the overall deficit of the pension system and reduces it. it can be to the same effect. that the measures they are asking for can be replaced by different measures. they are not too picky as long as the bottom line is good. brent: have they talked about
why the plan was leaked today? what was the purpose of that? max: it's brussels. it you have 19 euro member states with all the different people working on it. you have the greek government, of course. the entourage of the greek government. and there's always someone with interest leaking that information. it is totally imaginable that it is in the interest of the government to leak this to show they are doing something. all of this is not just about shaping an actual deal but shaping public opinion, trying to tell the people if something goes wrong, it's not our fault. that has been going on for weeks now. brent: we will talk with you again when word comes out of the press conference. let's move on to been -- ben. there may be reason for hope.
ben: the markets think it will turn out rosing because a wave of optimism is sweeping through the markets across the world. this is belief that a last-minute deal is close. equities had lost most of the years gains in a couple of weeks and they have shot back up in just one day of trading. the leading share index gaining almost 4%. athens even more dramatic. 9%. that's worth writing home about. u.s. stocks. let's go to wall street. american's sound hopeful a breakthrough is near. what do you think? >> investors are not as excited as their european counterparts but it does not come to a big surprise because the last couple of weeks we have hardly lost anything here on wall street. that way we don't have to play catch-up as the european markets
are trying to do it as often. it helped brighten the mood a little bit. a good start to the new week with chips up by less than 1%. brent: what is the deal the u.s. traders like to see? ben: what they would like to see is to get everything out so that you have clarity. if traders dislike anything, it's uncertainty. is that there was a survey. and actually, more than half of the participants answered it is a slight negative. less than 20% believe there could be a bigger impact. traders on wall street are overall relaxed. whatever might come in the next couple of days.
brent: my question, is the greek deal or with the greek deal change this? the greek economy is almost flatlining and it's a catch-22. athens need cash, creditors want reform, but change is needed. gross domestic product, all the goods and services is only at 180 billion euros. compare that with what the country owes. 2320 billion. greece is not generating enough money to pay off its mountain of debt. they are convinced the end is near. >> for the third time in six days the central bank raised the ceiling on emergency liquidity for the country's banks.
but the help of billions in emergency loans. they need funds to avoid default. the ecb has raised its total funding to 150 billion euros. the necklace the purchase of sovereign bonds. loan assistance is 86 billion euros. on monday, the ecb provided 1.3 billion euros of additional loans. but the cash injections could become very expensive for european tax members. the additional liquidity raises the risk of losses. if athens ends of defaulting on its debt. brent: business news. a cyber attack is the aviation industry worried that poland's national carrier was the target. the chief executive said no airline is safe from the type of hacking that brought down wall street for about five hours.
>> a company's worst nightmare, one becoming more common. they canceled several flights after the ground operations system was hacked. a total of 1400 passengers left stranded at the airport. the ceo explained that they don't alone carry the risk of hacking. >> it is a problem on a much wider scale and for sure, we have to give it more attention if it can be given more attention because it is very high and this is where i think we managed pretty quickly within a few hours to reestablish function. >> a total of 10 flights had to be canceled. it is yet another example of the importance of cyber security for companies of all kinds.
brent: not something i want to be thinking about next time i go flying. thank you very much. a prominent egypt and journalist has been freed from the berlin prison and it has let germany off of an awkward diplomatic hook. he is one about his eras best-known journalists and was released because of concerns about egypt's judicial process. that is the word from berlin authorities. berlin authorities also had him detained at the request of that same questionable judiciary. >> he is hard to see amid all the commotion. he leaves berlin prison in which he was detained a free man. german state prosecutors say they don't believe he would get a fair trial in egypt.
>> [indiscernible] >> they expressed doubts about judicial independence in egypt. you can rest assured the statements the federal government has made concerning the rule of law will have an influence on any decision-making. he was arrested saturday at berlin's airport as he was leaving the country. his name was on a wanted list past to germany by interpol.
>> they detain me at the request of the egyptian authorities despite the fact that i informed them that the request proves i am not wanted on any charge and in all cases, they were fabricated. >> they have sharply criticized the military regime in egypt. for his part, they can now continue his work for the news outlet. brent: the taliban have attacked parliament in afghanistan. a suicide car bomber detonated where lawmakers were meeting to confirm the appointment of the country's new defense minister, footage shows the moment the explosion took place.
>> [foreign language] >> seven gunmen tried to enter the building but were killed in the crossfire. dozens more were injured. brent: welcome back, everyone. you are with dw news live from berlin. eurozone leaders have been meeting in brussels. for the first time in weeks, there is a sense of optimism about the greek debt crisis. and an al jazeera journalist walks free after germany decides not to extradite him to egypt.
the european union has agreed to begin the first phase of a naval mission against people smugglers in the mediterranean. foreign ministers met to gather intelligence on human smugglers from the air and sea. a later part of the mission aims to destroy smugglers boats but the eu needs the backing of the u.n. mandate. it is hoped that the plan will stop migrants, risking their lives -- will stop migrants risking their lives trying to reach european shores. the refugee crisis has created a booming business for human traffickers. how do they operate? how do migrants contact them? booking a trip with a smuggler can be as easy as a quick internet search. we did our homework today. our social media team gave it a try. good to see you. what happened?
>> it turns out this is a lot easier than we thought if you want to book a boat from northern africa to europe. all you really need is a basic knowledge of arabic and a quick facebook search. this is exactly how easy it is. take a look at what we did. we typed in tourist italy and these are the pages that come up. they look like they are cruise ships. they are catering towards arab migrants that are looking to be illegally crossed into the eu. they offer advice and have a legal passports and are mostly run by human traffickers. human smugglers. brent: these pages can be used by anybody looking to come to europe illegally.
>> we went undercover and tried to contact these facebook pages. we chose this 1, 1 of the most popular pages with more than 5 million likes. that's more than angela merkel has and is located in libya. we sent a message undercover, posing as a syrian woman living in germany that wants to try to bring her syrian nephew to germany. we sent the message and got a response. this is from omar who says he runs the page and is also a human smuggler. we translated this from arabic and says, i have done this many times before. he quotes a surprise around $800 just to transfer people through libya. if your nephew is ready to travel, go ahead and contact me using this mobile phone number and has details for a money transfer. brent: we are not going to
show the number but did you book a boat with him? >> we could have booked a trip. omar said this is a safe journey and you can see what he showed us here. all of his boats are equipped with a gps. we could have booked this trip and this is why. it there is a boat leaving today and probably already left. monday, libya, going to italy. they are posting out in the open on facebook, even their itineraries. this is kind of a hidden world we were able to find on facebook. a lot of these pages have been taken down but some of them are still act if. it has been out there for about a year. if you want to read more reports, go to our website. >> it's amazing how easy it is to do this. excellent investigating and
homework. karl, thank you very much. members of the berlin philharmonic are all playing the same tune. they have chosen a new chief conductor. the siberian conductor is leaving. >> who will be the new chief conductor and artistic director of the philharmonic? >> the music director of the munich opera. >> at 43 years old, with he was one of the youngest candidates.
known as a perfectionist and efficient auto, he won over the berlin philharmonic and has been guest conductor there three times so far. we are discussing the question. when can we invite him again? >> he is to take over the baton in 2018 when the current contract runs out. the british born conductor was able to win over a whole new audience for the orchestra. simon thinks the choice is fantastic. his opinion is also based on the musicality that he can assess. and where that is concerned, he is thrilled. informed of the decision by telephone, he is said to have responded enthusiastically by
saying, i embrace the orchestra. the new chief conductor will present initial ideas for his tenure. brent: from music royalty to visiting realty -- royalty. queen elizabeth is due in berlin tomorrow and will be spending a busy for days in germany. she will be meeting with angela merkel and the german president. i want to go back in time with you. in 1978, she returned and was welcomed by crowds. in 1992, she visited a reunited germany for the first time and was back again.
this year's visit will include a royal garden party at the british ambassador's residence in berlin. those are invitations people would love to have. it will surely be one of the most sought after invitations of the year. >> the hottest and most regal ticket in town. and a wish come true for these hard-core royalist attending a party honoring queen elizabeth. martin is along for the ride. the british way of life has heavily influenced his style. as has her majesty. more than 3006 hundred british soldiers lie here the british war cemetery in berlin. they were chosen for his commitment between germany and britain. his project deals with the memories of world war i.
they asked him, were you at war? >> his father was one of the first exchange students to venture into the anglo-saxon world. martin was also sent on an exchange to lodon when he was 10 years old. the former enemies were slowly becoming friends. >> that was the big adventure. it was so different. the men were going to work in pinstripes and a bowler hat. i was just 10 years old and it was a great adventure. >> he is excited to see the queen. he's not surprised she is so popular in germany. >> she loved the nature, sports, regularly visits the games.
and all of that sounds very relaxed to me. >> they will meet the queen for a private audience. these fans will not be allowed to get too close. anyone up for braving crowds could head to the brandenburg gate to catch a glimpse of the royal wave. >> he is definitely a fan of the queen. don't forget to download our brand-new app from the google play store or the apple app store. we have the latest news from germany and around the world. you can get push notifications for breaking news and you can use it to send us your photos and videos. you know we like that. i will see you again at the top of the hour.